For all the time that Nacho Monreal is playing in the heart of Arsenal’s defence this season, it’s surely worth upgrading his status from makeshift centre-back to something a little less degrading. Unnatural perhaps, or undersized?
Either way, the Spaniard is set to continue his partnership with Per Mertesacker, with the club’s treatment room still full of defenders.
In fairness to the former Malaga man he is yet to be shown up, as Arsenal have won their last three using the little and large partnership in front of Wojciech Szczesny, tagging clean sheets on to the last two of those.
That shouldn’t convince Arsene Wenger that a January jaunt to the sales is not required though, as recruits at centre-half, as well as defensive midfield, are very much a priority for the immovable boss this winter.
One man heavily linked with a switch to the Emirates when Wenger opens his wallet is Basel’s Fabian Schar and the 22-year-old indicated his openness to moving to the Premier League in recent comments to the press.
That wasn’t enough to convince bwin, however, with the bookies going 7/5 that the Swiss international moves to the top flight before September 1 2015, and 1/2 that he doesn’t.
Nonetheless Schar represents the perfect buy for Wenger, at the perfect time.
Young enough to be moulded in the “Wenger Way” (Schar is a less accurate passer than both Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny), yet with enough experience to deputise reliably for the pair in their absence, the eight-cap Swiss international would be available relatively cheap, with Basel reportedly willing to accept a bid of £10m.
So with the player seeking a Premier League club, the price seemingly right and the fit almost perfect, there seems little to stop Arsenal finally securing a defender this January. Except Arsenal themselves, of course.